A First Aid Guide for Dental Emergencies

Cut or bitten

  Apply wrapped ice on bruised areas.  If bleeding, apply gentle pressure with clean cloth.  If bleeding does not stop after 10-15 minutes or if heavy and canít be controlled by simple pressure, go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center.

Permanent tooth knocked out

  Quickly locate the tooth and pick it up carefully, touching the crown (top) and not the root if possible.  Rinse the tooth if needed, but donít clean it or handle it unnecessarily.  If the tooth is whole, not broken, gently reinsert it into the socket.  Hold the tooth in place by biting down on clean gauze or cloth.  If you canít reimplant it, transport it in a cup of milk or water.  This helps keep the root alive until you can see us.  Timeliness is crucial to help save the tooth.

Broken tooth

  Rinse dirt with clean warm water.  Place cold compress over injured area of the face.  Find and save any pieces of the tooth.  See us immediately.

Toothache or Sore Gum

  Thoroughly clean sore area.  Rinse by swishing warm salt water and/or try to dislodge trapped food or debris with dental floss.  Donít put aspirin directly on tooth or gums, but do take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen to help ease the pain until you can see us.  If your face is swollen, apply a cold compress.

Possible Broken Jaw

  Try to keep the jaw from moving by using a towel, tie, or handkerchief.  Get to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center.

Bleeding after
baby tooth falls out

  Have the child bite down onto a clean cloth or gauze over the bleeding area for 15 minutes.  Repeat once if necessary, but if bleeding continues call us.